Simple Habits That Can Protect You From Identity Theft [Infographic]

Online shopping, public forums and social networking sites have made it easier to shop and socialize from anywhere in the world. Most people view it as convenient shop with a few keystrokes. Keeping in touch with out of state friends and family, or even building and maintaining a local network is made easier through social networking.

However, every bit of personal information volunteered online is recorded and kept somewhere, by someone. While a few websites and people can be trusted, many criminals are ready and waiting for your information. It is then used to make purchases as you online, or even to obtain real cards and credentials in your name. In one notable case, a woman’s identity was used to rack up over $50,000 in debt while trafficking in drugs, resulting in an arrest warrant and criminal charges in the victim’s name.

But prevention is simple with a bit of vigilance. These days, your information should be considered as valuable as cash in hand.

The Stupid Things You're Doing to Put Your Identity at Risk

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4 Comments

  1. Posted January 7, 2013 at 6:41 am | Permalink

    Not most people are stupid, but most are forgetful or unmindful. Here’s an example, you have a very close relative sitting next to you while you access your account information. You type in your password without even thinking of covering it up or typing fast or just distracting your guest. So she sits demurely by your side, looking closely while you hit the keys and presto, she’s got all your access to it. This is just one example, there are many more.

  2. Posted January 5, 2013 at 5:53 am | Permalink

    I always love a good Infographic.
    Identity crime is getting a bigger and bigger issue these days. People should really be more careful what information they are sharing online. The thief’s are getting smarter and smarter and it can be a bit scary what they can do with just a few information about you.

  3. Posted January 4, 2013 at 2:10 am | Permalink

    Hello, I worked as a Manager for Bob Evans in New Jersey. They closed all restaurants in New Jersey except for two. I lost my job. I then worked for ACMoore and they downsized, lost job, then worked at Circut City, they went Bankrupt. The economy hurt me. I want to reestablish credit and get a credit card. I do not care what the limit is, it could be $25.00, I just want to get back on track. Can you help!! Thanks,

  4. Saumya
    Posted January 4, 2013 at 2:08 am | Permalink

    Another way to go is to get a credit card from whatever bank you use. They offer various ways to get started or as you put it back on track. I recently helped my 20 year old daughter get one in this manner and she had no previous credit.

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